Located toward the back of the nationally recognized science building for its high-performance structure, building technology, design and construction of the future is the once very popular greenhouse. While the greenhouse may have seen better days, the space is open to a variety of possibilities. Senior Marina McCoy, Sustainability chair and Green Council president, is helping lead the way to improve where past students left off.
“We really want to make the greenhouse functional and flourish with yummy veggies,” said McCoy. “We hope that this can be used as a platform to get more students involved with growing their own food and reducing food waste.”
Under the supervision of Gigi Giles, lab manager of the Science department and Suzanne Gollery, chair of Science and Technology, students can come and go as required, keeping up with current projects. Giles has been working hard recently cleaning up the room alongside several eager students. When it comes to how the greenhouse is being used, Giles wants students to take charge of the program with her and Gollery’s guidance with updated procedures.
“The plans haven’t changed much because it’s up to what the students want to do with projects and things,” said Giles. “But some of the procedures have changed. The students do not need to take care of the greenhouse necessarily. They just need to take care of their own projects.”
Some issues in the past have been projects started and left unattended by students. Giles wants to make sure that anyone using the space checks in with her to show they are keeping up with their personal projects as well as a sign in and sign out sheet to keep track of students using the greenhouse.
A new addition to the greenhouse is a state of the art composting system, which will help keep plants within the greenhouse healthy with the nutrients the plants need while reducing the food waste on campus. While this is a step forward for keeping SNC a sustainable campus, this new composting system will not be able to take on the entire school’s food waste yet. Aaron Zendner, general manager of Sodexo here at SNC, says food waste can average 30 lbs a day.
“Really depends on the day and workload,” said Zendner. “We do periodical monitors of our prepping and production waste. We average about 30 pounds of overall compostable product per day. “
While this new composting program is still very new, McCoy believes it will be put to good use.
“It’s hard to say right now,” said McCoy,“but Chef Aaron has been amazingly accommodating. [He] even offered to have one of his employees cart the leftover food from the cafeteria down to the greenhouse for composting, once the system is in place. So right now, we will work with that and see where it takes us.”
While only some rearranging and clean up is needed, McCoy says that “The more help and involvement, the better.”
For further information, email McCoy at email@example.com.
PHOTO BY OF MARINA MCCOY
SENIORS KIMBERLY BRAULT AND HALLE DAUBNER tend to plants in SNC’s Greenhouse.
Similar to the television show “Shark Tank”, the judges of the Warren and Jale Trepp Business Plan Competition evaluated potential business investments at Sierra Nevada College. Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 7 student teams were thrown into SNC’s shark tank.
“I don’t think we’re quite as brutal as the sharks,” said competition judge, Bridge Stuart. “The bottom line is, [when judging] I’m looking for something that I would invest in.”
Three winning businesses received cash prizes: 3Denim, 5G Technologies LLC and Ski-Alert. The four other teams competing were Zap, Tent it, BeastBay and Wrap-revival. All teams competing were scored based on their business plans and pitches.
“It was interesting to see the wide array of products being pitched,” said Freshman Paul Wohlberg. “I liked Beastbay the most because of what the company stood for and what they were trying to achieve.”
Henry Rivera envisioned the design company, Beastbay at 15 years old. Other BeastBay members, Rachel Odgers and Henry Phillips, wore the T-shirts designed by Rivera. The T-shirt design advocates self-empowerment for youth and young adults. According to BeastBay, their outreach program “helps disadvantaged youth.”
“We plan to give back $3 to the community for every shirt sold,” said Riviera.
3Denim won first place, receiving $4,000. Members of the team were Evan Cook, Kelly Benson and Brendan Wheelwright. Using 3D technology, 3Denim creates individualized denim products digitally fitted and personalized for customers. According to 3Denim, their kiosk includes a machine that scans and records a customer’s body. The machine scan “takes seven seconds and records over 4,000,000 data points on the human body.” From the scan, digital avatars are created using the company’s 3D software. From any computer connected to the Internet, customers can then design “the jeans of their dreams.”
The sole member pitching for 5G Technologies LLC was Brian Gaas. For winning second place, Gaas received $1,750. 5G Technologies LLC was founded by Gaas and his four older siblings to resolve air pollution issues in major industrial cities. According to 5G Technologies LLC, the company’s innovative air purifiers combine particular organic plant species and current purification technologies that “supercharge the effect of the plant’s ability to filter air.”
Team members Marco Gooding, Grant Furlan, Austin Smith and Bryant Davis of Ski-Alert won the third place cash prize of $750.
Ski-Alert offered a new safety system using web applications for winter sport enthusiasts and ski-resorts. When a customer rides at Ski-Alert partnered resorts, their phone application will have a panic button directly linked to resort ski patrol infrastructures. When using the app, customers have the reassurance of carrying another “proactive safety system” on the mountain.
“Some good advice given to us before tonight was: Have fun, it’s cool. People sometimes get too worried because it’s a competition,” said Davis. “It takes a lot of work to get here, so enjoy it.”
Max Irving, Bryan Williams, Jackson Heath and Michael Klink represented Tent It. Tent It provides an efficient system for outdoor enthusiasts seeking an all-in-one backpack. The Tent It backpack was designed to include an “integrated tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat.”
Zap is an online service for customers seeking to sell homes. Team members, Alex Labranche and Chase Gerwin, created a web service that helps home-owners wanting to retain a broker’s expense from property sales. During the pitch, Gerwin repeatedly said, “You could sell it yourself but it’s super hard, frustrating and you’ll probably mess it up.”
Zap was created as a web based home broker that guides customers throughout the process of selling a home.
2014 Jale and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition winner, Jacob Bricklin, joined by Tyler Freezman, Kyle Kelly and Brooke O’neill, developed Wrap Revival. A business that creates advertisement partnerships using a subsidized co-branding model, Wrap Revival offers ski and snowboard protective coverings that provide custom graphics and ad-space for companies to place logos. Companies wishing to sell that ad-space can also do so.
The three winning teams qualify to compete in Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan in April. They’ll compete against the best undergraduate teams from Nevada, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
PHOTO BY JAKE BRAYTON
THE 3DENIM TEAMMATES Evan Cook, Kelly Benson and Brendan Wheelwright took first place with their 3D-scan approach to the perfect fitting jeans.
Staff Reporter Flor Widmar, Bachelor of Fine Arts major will hold her BFA Showcase from 5-7 p.m. this Friday in the Garage Door Gallery, with an artist lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the Holman Arts Center room 203.
Her installation titled, “Devoción de Abuela” translated to Devotion to Grandmother, is focused on being functional and sculptural.
Her primary medium is ceramics, but she also works with wood and metal. Her showcase will include an artist talk, three interactive pieces and her recent work “dealing with the devotion of rituals.”
“My conceptual aspect of my work is dealing with dealing with domestic rituals,” said Widmar.
She has worked on incorporating different aspects of her life into her artwork.
“With the rituals of my faith, rituals of making an art and the rituals that were passed down generation to generation through my family, it’s really important to me to engage the viewer and bring other people to interact with my work,” said Widmar. “To bring it to other people instead of it being solely dependent on my ideas and rituals I’m interested in seeing what other people do with these rituals.”
The Garage Door gallery will be displaying various sculptural pieces that contain her ceramics work. She designed some of her pieces to communicate with people.
“There are going to be three pieces that are interactive. So I’ll have a component of ceramics where people are coming and whispering their thoughts and things they need to get rid of into a cup, then releasing the cup and breaking it. It’s kind of the same concept as going into the confessional,” said Widmar.
Flor is very connected to her artwork and now providing the opportunity for others to connect with it as well.
“There is another component, the arc, that I’m calling right now, you walk into this arc and there are little chalices, your walking in with a little piece of paper so it’s the idea of lighting a candle for someone,” said Widmar. “You’re going into the arc concentrating on someone that has passed, with that little tab of paper you are concentrating and telling that tab ‘I miss you, I love you, I wish you could be here with me at this moment, I wish you could help me with the things I need help with’.”
This showcase will offer some unique and interesting components. The interactive pieces will provide a personal relation to the pieces and the ability to see the artist’s relation with the piece.
FLOR WIDMAR stands inside one of her pieces, the arc, for her BFA show.
Sierra Nevada College showcased its musical side with a recital on campus to exhibit the piano and voice classes Professor Donna Axton, the director of Music Studies, offers.
The event took place Feb. 24 in the Patterson Hall.
The music department holds this event three times a semester, and has been doing so for about 15 years.
With the recital, Axton hopes to give students with musical talent a chance to perform to the community, and other SNC students.
“There are about 60 students taking private lessons here. That’s a lot,” Axton said.
“All of the students who performed were a member of one of Axton’s classes.
“I grew up singing, so I started out singing around the piano with my family, and then I started taking voice lessons in high school. I’ve taken voice lessons from Donna for four years,” said Senior Natalie Dyjak, one of the performers.
“It’s a really great opportunity for these people that have put so much effort into singing or playing the piano to have somebody listen to them,” Axton said.
Seven students performed, and they all picked what piece they wanted to either sing or play on the piano. Chelsea Lee performed Over the Rainbow by E.Y. Harburg, Angel Dwyer performed Down, by the Salley Gardens, by W.B. Yeats/ Ireland, Kathy Hughes performed When you Love a Woman, by Journey, Natalie Dyjak performed Lascia Ch’io Pianga, by G.F Handel, Senior Kelly Mahoney performed Claire de Lune , by Claude Debussy, Senior Sally Hammel performed Bali Ha’i, by Rodgers & Hannerstein, and Stepahnie Kwon performed Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 1, by Muzio Clementi.
Some students think that the event will expand the creativity at the college.
“We’re definitely a liberal arts college. I actually am majoring in visual arts, but this is my minor, and I love music. I probably would have majored in music had it been offered. But music is definitely part of the arts,” said Senior Sally Hammel.
The forum that was held on October 15th was a disgrace in many ways. We left without any feeling of resolve, or any hope of a resolution. Our questions were deflected without any solid answers being put forth to satisfy the restless student body. As a senior here I am appalled by the lack of communication from the administration to the students, concerning issues that affect the future of this school.
Our college is not for profit institution. As such, the bottom line of Sierra Nevada College should be providing a well rounded education, not creating a turn over of the students for their money. Of course we understand the need to court donors to keep the institution running, we accept this fact as evidenced by the above average tuition we pay. What we don’t understand is how a donation, for the President’s house, from a former member of the board of directors, gets steamrolled into SNC’s piggy bank without due consideration. During the Oct 15th forum, it was stated: “The donation was brought to us the day before our board of directors’ meeting. We went ahead and accepted it.” There are a few things missing from that statement. One, why was it accepted so quickly? Two, why did it take the administration so long to communicate with the student body? Three, why are plans for the president’s house not on display for the students to see the proposed use of the funds?
The rapid acceptance of this donation belies the character of the people who claim to be looking out for our “strategic interests” and long-term goals. For example, in the school’s haste to build, they overlooked a necessary permit from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) regarding the movement and grading of land. This haste has already cost the school around $1,000 in fines from TRPA. Not to mention the fact that TRPA is an organization entrusted with the protection of the environment in and around Lake Tahoe, and a joint effort should have been made to ensure that sustainable building practices were taking place. This just goes to show how little the administration concerns itself with sustainability, one of the core values this school espouses.
By Marina McCoy
Sustainability: Green Council
Over the past month, students had the opportunity to apply to be on the SNC Green Council.
I am so overwhelmed with joy from all the positive feedback and support from the students, faculty, staff and community members. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
What is the SNC Green Council?
The SNC Green Council is a dedicated group of SNC students, who want to make SNC more sustainable!
We will be getting involved in the community, working closely with SNC staff and faculty, setting up a composting system on campus, along with a bike share, running the SNC LNT campaign, improving the recycling and trash and so much more!
If you have a question or suggested project for the SNC Green Council, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are here to serve you, the school and the community.
Now announcing Sierra Nevada College’s first ever Green Council Team! (Drum roll please….)
This past August I had the fortune of taking Brennan’s Holistic Sustainability class that traveled to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and immersed us in real world issues. After our trip we wrote letters to President Obama requesting the preservation of area 1002, the coastal region that oil companies want to drill, because protecting the area is vital to the way of life of the Native Americans living in the region, and a delicate ecosystem that is felt around the world. You can imagine my excitement then when I saw a news video on www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse Sunday from President Obama calling for protection of ANWR with a comprehensive plan put forth by his department of interior.
He isn’t just requesting to designate the sensitive coastal region as wilderness, but the entire 19.8 million acre refuge of ANWR. This is huge environmental news because it is the first time since 1974 that a president has proposed wilderness status for the refuge, and it is in the face of heavier than ever threat to open the area to drilling. By locking up oil reserves along the coastal region, to me (a student majoring in Ecology), this marks a huge leap toward increasing renewable energy production as well as acknowledging climate change and the ecology of our planet. I also see this as a major win for Native American people everywhere, because President Obama recognized that ANWR supports “Alaska native communities” of which the Gwich’in were the ones our class visited in August.
This move by the Obama Administration isn’t without resistance however. Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski (who clearly doesn’t speak for all in her state) went as far as saying that President Obama is “declaring war on Alaska” and “We will fight back with every resource at our disposal.” Even though congress must pass the plan for it to be formally designated as wilderness, which is unlikely in the republican controlled congress, a formal presidential wilderness recommendation being filed along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s formal Record of Decision, means the area will be managed with wilderness protection none the less.
“SNC has a partnership with Thya International Education, a group that helps us to form collaborations with Chinese colleges and universities so that we can provide students from those colleges and universities with the opportunity to study in the United States at SNC. We were in China meeting with our existing partner, Shanghai Ocean University, to discuss how their current students are doing at SNC and to explore new opportunities for collaboration. We were also meeting with two other universities, Hubei University Technical and Business College in Wuhan and Chongqing Vocational College of Media in Chongqing, to sign new letters of intent to collaborate on the exchange of students for short term summer study, 2+2 and 1+3 degree program exchanges and faculty development,” said Beets.